Have you ever wanted to know who’s following you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, or Google+? Maybe you want to know if someone in particular is following you (but remember if your account is public, anyone can see your posts whether they’re following you or not). Bloggers who host giveaways often want to verify whether a winner is following a particular account to ensure they’re eligible to win a prize. I always check, and along the way I’ve learned a few tricks to do this as efficiently as possible. Here are the easiest ways I’ve found to see if someone is following you on social media.
Yes, I know that there are dozens of social media sites and apps, but here I’m only going to look at the ones I actually use. Sorry tumblr, Periscope, Snapchat, Vine, et al!
Facebook has a powerful graphical search function built in. If you want to see if someone is following your page, type in your request in the search bar in this format: “Likers of XXXXX named XXXXX” in the search bar.
Example: “Likers of Awesome Brand Page named Jen” (this catches everyone named Jen or Jennifer, regardless of last name)
You must have your account language set as American English to access this functionality. To do this, click the arrow in the upper right corner for a drop down menu and select Settings (Account Settings on mobile). On that menu select Language. Click on the drop down box and make sure your language preference is set to English (US).
Note that people who have set their security settings to keep their “likes” private will not show up in search results. So if someone’s name is not in the results that DOES NOT necessarily mean that they’re not followers.
You already know that you can see whether someone is following you by going to their Twitter account. You’ll see this info even on accounts where the tweets are protected.
But have you ever wanted to know if someone is following someone else? Doesfollow is a simple and free tool that does just that. You can easily see whether any account is following any other account. Just input the usernames (without the @ symbol) and press the question mark button. For bloggers, this is an easy way to verify if your contest winner is following the sponsor’s Twitter account.
If you have just a few dozen followers, it’s easy enough to click on your list of followers and scroll down. But what if you have a few hundred, or a few thousand?
The easiest way I’ve found to see if someone is following you on Instagram is to use Websta (formerly Webstagram), a free IG web viewer. Log in with your Instagram account up at the top right, then search for the account you are checking up on.
This will pull up a list of User Search Results with one or more accounts with similar names. Click the one you’re looking for, and you’ll go to their Websta page with the person’s image and account info. Next to that will be a button, either a blue Follow button (which you can click to follow that account) or a green Following button (meaning that you are already following them).
All these follows and not follows are a tad confusing. For our purposes today, ignore the button. What we want to see is what’s written under the button. It will say either Followed or Not Followed. Check out the example below. Maman Loup follows me. Prime Minister Trudeau, however, does not. With only 2 accounts followed, his feed must be so boring! (Especially as one of them is his mother’s.)
The beauty of this method is it works even for private accounts. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on the mobile site.
When it comes to Pinterest, I haven’t been able to figure out any way to see who follows me other than manually. Go to your Pinterest page and click on the number of followers to see them all in the order of which they started following you, most recent at the top. Scroll down and search for the follower’s user name using your browser’s search function (Ctrl+F for Windows or Command+F for Macs).
Unfortunately, this isn’t a realistic option for accounts with thousands and tens of thousands of followers. An alternate method is to look at the other person’s Following list and search for your name on their list. That’s the option I go with if the other person is following less than a few hundred pinners.
If anyone knows of an easier way to check followers on Pinterest, please let me know!
To see your followers on YouTube, click on your picture in the top right which will open a drop down box with the Creator Studio button in the middle. Click the button, then once on the Creator Studio page, click on the Community label in the menu on the left side of your page, then select Subscriptions. Alternatively, if you’re already logged in to your YouTube account, you can go directly to https://www.youtube.com/subscribers where you’ll find your list of public subscribers. Again, as far as I know there is no way to go through your subscriptions other than manually. Use Ctrl+F to search for a particular follower’s name.
I freely admit that Google+ has always been kind of confusing to me. The best that I can figure out, your followers are the equivalent of people who have you in circles. To see this, select People in the drop down menu on the left hand side and select the Have you in circles link at the top of the People page, or go directly to https://plus.google.com/u/0/people/haveyou if you’re logged in. At this point you’re stuck scrolling down and using Ctrl+F to search, which isn’t a great option if you have thousands of followers.
The other problem with this method is that the number of people who have you in circles always seems to be a few off from the Followers number you see on your Profile page. I don’t know why that is and who’s missing, and after doing some research of my own, it doesn’t appear that anyone else knows either. If anyone has a better method, please let me know!
I hope these tips were helpful! If you have any tips or tricks of your own for checking social media followers, please share with us in the comments.